Sunday, June 13, 2004

Graphic novel primer: The Chicago Sun-Times proclaims that "graphic novels are finally coming into their own," and, to prove its point, reviews Clyde Fans: Book One, Dead Herring Comics, When We Were Very Maakies and Amy & Jordan:

"Graphic novels are narrated with both words and illustrations. These books come in all shapes, sizes and colors, blending picture and text to tell stories that couldn't be told as well by either mode alone. Some resemble comic books; others look like high-end art books. Some look strikingly familiar; others are hard to read -- they can be linear, unpaginated and at times unsettling. They can be fiction, 'docufiction' or fantasy. It's all about the medium, not the format."